physician recognized for outstanding service to the Latino community
Ernesto Gonzalez, MD, of MGH Dermatology and associate director for the
Multicultural Affairs Office (left), recently was recognized
by both the MGH and the City of Boston for outstanding service to the
On Oct. 7, the Latino Heritage Month (LHM) Planning Committee honored
Gonzalez with the first-ever MGH Award for Outstanding Service to the
Latino Community. Gonzalez has devoted a large part of his 30-year career
at the MGH to helping, mentoring and inspiring Latino members of the MGH
community and beyond. He has developed a regional Latino medical student
mentorship program, as well as spearheaded a pediatrics telemedicine project
between the MGH and Hospital Buen Samaritano in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
This project allows MGH physicians to consult remotely to diagnose and
recommend treatment for underserved children. In an emotional speech,
Gonzalez thanked all who have helped him succeed, including his mother,
who instilled in him the value of education.
The award recognizes an MGH employee who has contributed to Latino-based
initiatives within or outside the institution and whose contributions
build bridges with the MGH Latino community in areas beyond daily duties
and responsibilities. In honor of Gonzalez as the first recipient, this
award now will carry his name.
The moving ceremony also included remarks from Carmen Vega-Barachowitz,
an LHM committee representative; Peter L. Slavin, MD, president of the
MGH; Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, senior scientist at the MGH Institute
of Health Policy; and Jeff Davis, senior vice president for Human Resources.
Gonzalez also was one of five Latinos recognized Oct. 13 at the city's
first Hispanic Heritage Celebration at City Hall. He was selected for
his continued commitment to the Latino community through service at the
MGH and abroad.